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Instant Pot Polenta with Mushroom Stew

Polenta is an authentic Italian dish that is mainly prepared out of the water and coarsely ground cornmeal. To transform the porridge into a creamy and tasty dish add butter, stock and lots of parmesan to it.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Instant Pot Polenta, Italian Polenta, Parmesan Polenta, Polenta
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 718kcal
Author: Cookie


  • instant pot
  • Whisk
  • frying pan



  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 cup broth
  • 4 cup water
  • 2 cups grated parmesan
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 tsp salt

Red Wine Mushroom Saute

  • 6 cups mushrooms chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 cups olive oil
  • 1/2 cups red dry wine
  • 1 tsp starch
  • 1/4 cup water cold
  • 1 tsp dry herbs italian
  • 1 tsp salt


How to cook Polenta

  • Pour 4 cups of cold water and 1 cup of broth in the Instant Pot and add 1 teaspoon of salt
  • Slurry ⅕ cups of cornmeal in cold water always stirring with a whisk, and close the lid
  • Select the “boil” program and press the “Start” button. Let all together come to a boil
  • Once it gets to the boiling point, change the Instant pot program to “porridge”. Let simmer for another 30 minutes
  • Constantly stir every 5 minutes
  • After 30 minutes, press the “stop” button on Instant Pot
  • Add 2-3 chunks of butter and stir so it melts and is uniformly absorbed
  • Throw in two cups of grated parmesan and stir

How to cook Red Wine Mushroom Saute

  • Put a frying pan on the stove, add some olive oil and throw in a few garlic cloves
  • In the meantime, chop about 6 cups of mushrooms
  • Saute the mushrooms on high heat for about 10 minutes
  • Cover the frying pan with a lid for the first 5 minutes. Thus, the heat reaches evenly all mushrooms from the pan. Mix once in a while
  • Dissolve 1 teaspoon of starch in 1/3 cup water then add it to the mushrooms
  • Pour in the wine. Mix everything and let simmer for 1-2 minutes
  • Season everything with salt and pepper


Calories: 718kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 60g | Saturated Fat: 28g | Cholesterol: 111mg | Sodium: 1727mg | Potassium: 447mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1317IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 389mg | Iron: 2mg